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“It made me change my life instead of doing good and staying in school and playing sports. It made me get deeper in the street just because I had a gun, and I felt like while I have the gun, nobody could do nothing to me.” – Elijah McKinley quoted in “It felt like power”: Teenagers in Metro Jail speak out about gun violence [via]


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  1. This guy is a complete freaking moron. Guns didn’t make you into a gang banger moron. Lack of good Parental Guidance and structure when you were growing up cause you to be a criminal and a moron with a less than average IQ.

    Like I said before and I’ll say it again common sense in this country is a dying out thing. Replaced with children having children and pretending to be their parents is a real problem in the United States. It’s not like it was 25 30 years ago when children had both a mom and a dad growing up.

    Now it’s the new cool thing to raise children by yourself. With no Parental Guidance and support lead you to what we have today with our youth a bunch of uneducated morons that blame inanimate objects for the way they are. It’s a complete travesty of Justice and destruction of the family value.

    Next will be blaming prisons 4 turning out less than perfect inmates. Oh wait that’s going on already LOL. Lock these g********** up get them into a 6 by 8 square foot cell and leave them there.

      • OK, Convict is a demeaning name, I’ll admit that much.

        But how is Incarcerated Person any different from Inmate or Prisoner?

        • Convict convicted of a felony that is the definition of the word prisoner it’s supposed to be demeaning if you are a liberal Progressive you think that convict and prisoner is a bad term to use to describe a person in prison you are a friggin moron it’s supposed to be demeaning you are in prison you have committed a crime against Society. End of story you are a prisoner incarcerated because you committed a felony. Give me a FN break. Political correctness at its most bunch of b*******.

        • Because incarcerated is a five syllable word, the inmates won’t understand what it means, and won’t feel as bad about their lives as prisoners.

        • On the contrary, many offenders (the technically correct term, and the term that is being put on the chopping block in the state of Washington) take a sort of pride in being referred to as a convict.

          The term “offender” is used by the state because it reinforces the idea they’re still in state custody even after they’re released on parole, and will be until their sentence is complete.

          This is just liberal BS trying to pander to prisoners.

        • The Guv: There are inmates and there are convicts. A convict has a certain code. And he knows to show a certain respect. An inmate, on the other hand, pulls the pin on his fellow man. Does the guards’ work for them… brings shame… to the game. So, which are you gonna be?

          Richard B. Riddick: Me? I’m just passin’ through.

          “The Chronicles of Riddick”

        • Sounds reasonable. Seems like a nice young man. Probably first time offense. Maybe he’s a gun whisperer…?

        • I for one don’t care that it is/may be demeaning. Don’t want to be viewed in a demeaning manner? Don’t do demeaning stuff. For every demeaning convict/prisoner/whatever, there is at least one victim who has been harmed by their actions. I see no reason to care much about their feelings. Feeling demeaned or dissed by your label? Tough. Get over it.

    • The kid Is right, but to listen to a bunch of old white guys tell the kid he is wrong in his honesty just reinforces that honesty is also absent from the pro gun side.

      No, the gun didn’t make the kid bad, but it certainly was a negative force multiplier.

      • I hope that was sarcasm. This is as stupid as saying that a car is a negative force multiplier for drunk driving or hands are a force multiplier for beating your wife. Fact: this little piece of crap decided to quit seeking education and gainful employment to pursue the thug life. Young men like him have done this since long before there were guns. The only force-multiplier is the lack of morals in his community. I could have been a worthless pile of filth like this, but I got lucky. I had a father and mother both. I wasn’t stuck in the broken public school system being taught by union hacks who don’t care about the kids, and my parents were too proud to get on the welfare gravy train. This kid learned from the liberal media that the world ‘hates black people’, and he learned from watching generations of welfare-mommies game the system that it’s ok to steal from other people as long as they have even a little more than you.

      • Give me a break. Typical anti-gun group-think.

        A tool does nothing, it has no emotion or desire to commit crime.

        The young criminal thought it was cool to be a thug. He wanted money/stuff without having to work for it, so used a tool to intimidate and assault others.

        The object he selected could’ve been anything. In African countries machetes are popular. In the UK knives are typically used, along with some machetes and even hatchets … though criminals still manage to get handguns into that gun-free liberal-eutopia.

        • nah. ahm thinkin’ the meaning would be yer a shitty person with a hammer. thatsa harsh thang ta’ say. mebbe he jes’ got carried away.

      • Hardly. He had to break the law to possess the gun, therefore he was already long gone, the gun is the proof, not the cause. And without knowing, I’d bet he personally stole the gun, probably during a burglary. Now he is idolizing Shrillary, attempting to invent excuses for his antisocial behavior.

  2. The deadly trend is that they aren’t discussing his home life or what personal responsibility he has for carrying the gun and entering “street life”. If it were simply the gun, i suspect many ttag readers would be real OGs, instead of ofwg.

  3. in my experience, there is a one to one correspondence between failure to accept responsibility and failure. when you figure this out for yourself, you begin to succeed.

  4. I must have been using the wrong types of firearms for the last 40 plus years. Nothing I’ve used from 8 until now including a fairly big range of the army’s has made me break the law yet.

    Of course my parents having morals, being hard working and married for 55 years probably has nothing to do with it.

  5. Typical Pagan attitude. This little self-centered moron blames an inanimate object for his inability to make good decisions. This has been fostered by the “welfare state” and the Leftist column since the Johnson administration.

    “I didn’t do it, the gun was responsible for my behavior, I shouldn’t be held accountable.”

    Anyone can avoid responsibility, it takes a man to accept the results of his own behavior. We’re breeding that out our society.

  6. My Glock gives me urges to smoke tons of dope, listen to 50 Cent, lower my Honda Accord till it scrapes the ground, beat up Trump voters and smack some bitchez around. However I resist those urges by playing Conway Twitty music and painting my Z71 with camo rattlecans. A white boy CAN survive the calling of the gun.

    • I love Conway. I grew up on Conway. I’m doing my best to make sure my daughter does the same.

      I’m just not sure “country boy” and “perm” work in the same sentence.

  7. Anything a kid with an IQ below 10 says shouldn’t be taken as gospel. This street trash looks dumber than a box of rocks, and I don’t mean crack rocks.

    • Don’t forget…this spoon made me fat! This beer can made me an alcoholic. This car made me drive 120 mph. This woman made me rape her. Things have a mystic power to bring about horrible actions…in the weak minded?…er, is it just minorities, or just poor people. Or is it voodoo? Or is it….B.S..

  8. Democrats have a vested interest in the slow culling of blacks. Planned Parenthood does most of its abortion in black neighborhoods. Receives its coin from the fed and returns almost 20 percent back to the DNC. The murder or incarceration of 1.5 black men combined with a infanticidal abortion on a government approved scale equal to one Nazi death camp.

    It’s not about the gun.

    • Freakonomics. Every abortion is one fewer gangbanger, killer, thief, 20 years later. Get used to it! National crime rate began decreasing almost to the day 18 years after Roe v Wade.

  9. Wow. I guess that I have the “wrong type” of guns. Mine seem to have “made” me more responsible. Guess I’ll have to buy more.

  10. “….It made me change my life instead of doing good and staying in school and playing sports. It made me get deeper in the street just because I had a gun,….”

    Wait, wait, wait……if you were so good before you had the gun, what made you get the gun in the first place?

  11. After I got a gun, I learned to be more responsible, drank and partied less, loved this country more, found out the Progressives lied all the time, and voted for Trump. Must not be working properly…

  12. I get what he is saying…..the gun made him feel like he had power so he started to feel invincible to the point where he thought he can do anything….of course the gun itself doesn’t make people do bad things, it’s ultimately that person but the gun enables him to feel that way.

    • But if a gun can make someone feel like that, they clearly don’t respect guns enough to understand that they are simple tools. THAT is the fetishization (according to the actual definition) of guns the liberals so love to accuse us of. A firearm is simply a tool. You take someone who is an idiot, a coward, and a weakling and put a gun in his hands, all you have is a weak idiotic coward who now has a gun. Guns do NOT turn him into a smart, strong, brave man.

      Unfortunately, this is a very common attitude in that culture (and I’m speaking from direct observations I’ve made during my own direct exposure to it). It’s also why you see so many rap videos with morons brandishing their guns at the camera in an “Look at how badass I am! I’m real! I’m about shit!” fashion. It’s pathetic, and ironically, if marksmanship were to be taught in schools, it would probably cut down on this kind of thinking and actually make the inner cities LESS violent.

  13. Demon gunz. I put a camera in my gun safe one time because I heard strange noises coming from the safe one late Halloween night. Next Halloween night, I was shocked to see the gunz all in a circle around a puke green box of Zombie Ammunition, chanting spells!!

    For those anti-gun nutz that actually believe this kind of stuff that might be reading this blog, I’M KIDDING!!

  14. Funny. I own several guns and have handled many more, but I’ve yet to see any firearm that works like the Orb of Confusion from Spongebob Squarepants.

  15. Ah, the same argument and logic shared by toddlers all over the world that try to get out of being caught red-handed. Genius!

  16. Yep, it was the gun. Not his friends doing the same thing, not the weed, not the booze. The gun.

    I would have blamed the hoodie.

  17. “Thank you so much, Elijah. You recited your lines perfectly. Here’s your $20, as promised.”

    Give him another $20 and he’ll tell you the gun was sitting on his shoulder, whispering bad things into his ear.

    Seriously though, is anyone surprised that a thug is blaming all his problems on an inanimate object?

  18. Totemism. The belief that inanimate objects have spirits that live in them.
    Hey, all you highly educated gun grabbers ! You’ve been doing it all wrong !
    Instead of legislation, just fly over all the gun manufacturering plants and spray them with ground-up bat wings and monkeys’ blood !
    That’ll solve the problem.
    (Excuse me now. My 1911 wants me to do the dishes….)

  19. My kids have guns and they aren’t criminals – weird.

    It’s almost as if someone went out of their way to teach them how to be good people and didn’t allow them to be uneducated, feral human beings.

  20. In an alternate universe a quote could’ve went something like this, “My father introduced me to shooting at a young age. He taught me to be safe while having fun. It’s because of him I didn’t turn into a degenerate hoodlum. Thanks Dad!”

    • Reading your remarks caused me to remember the times when, years ago, I taught my two sons to shoot safely and accurately. Many memories of felling tin cans, squirrel hunting, and deer hunting with them rushed back into my conscious thoughts. Thanks.

      Somehow, despite the terrible influences exerted over them by .22s, deer rifles, shotguns, and handguns, they both managed to go to college and graduate school, marry exceptional women, become successful in their careers, and become very fine gentlemen (even though one voted for Hillary).

      I really don’t think there is a “dark side of the gun” influencing anyone to do anything.

  21. The kid really should have listened to the second half of the “Officer Krumpke” song.

    At least he went to the play, though, right?

  22. Sure buckwheat sure…of course you feelz mo’ power. Raised in a moral vacuum by yo’ mama and no baby daddy. Bring back public executions. And chain gangs. And hard labor. I bet THAT would make you feel less powerful…

  23. ‘[The gun] made me change my life instead of doing good and staying in school and playing sports.’

    Give the punk some credit for this inventive line of bvllsh!t. It’s a big improvement over “Some other dude done it.” And it’s much more palatable than “My mom is a crack ho and I don’t know who my father is.”

    Yeah, this punk has a future in politics.

  24. The perpetually perpetrating class is also the class of perpetual victimhood and perpetual excuse-making (not to mention, “looksatme”).

    Wrap it all up in a bundle and he blames the gun.

  25. For some people grabbing a gun sinks them deeper into the thug life.

    For some people grabbing a gun has exactly the opposite effect.

    Maybe it isn’t the gun, but the sub-culture in which one grabs it.

  26. My first thought when I read he felt the gun made him more powerful was the advice of the survival training instructor in Heinlein’s _Tunnel in the Sky_, that having a gun makes many people feel invincible. The reality? Having a gun makes you more responsible — more responsible to be alert, more responsible to be careful, more responsible in fact to be a good citizen.

    If you’re not ready to be responsible, then Samuel Jackson is right: put down the gun.

  27. This is something I’ve heard for awhile from intellectual liberal friends- an idea that a gun is a powerful totem that makes people do bad things sorta like the Milgram experiments.

    It’s an awfully convenient excuse considering how many people in America have guns and don’t have this response. Perhaps the issue is not the ‘gun’ but the value that a certain culture- inner city gangbanging culture- ascribes to it, which is the problem.


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